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22
Mar

Morrison misreads the state of the Economy

scottThe latest national accounts figures for the December quarter, as boring as they may be to some, caused the Treasurer, Scott Morrison to be upbeat about the direction the Australian economy is heading. He is being premature.

 

Read more at: The Australian Independent Media Network

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22
Mar

Turnbull, the Puppet P.M.

imageAfter observing Malcolm Turnbull for the past five months, nothing could be clearer to the shrewd onlooker. If his accession to the leadership was to signal something different, a new direction, a policy reversal of any kind, it would have happened by now.

Read more at: The Australian Independent Media Network

 

27
Feb

A Government of Amateurs

idiotsScott Morrison’s own ideology has come back to bite him and his government where it hurts; their own credibility as economic managers is in tatters.

 

Read more at: The Australian Independent Media Network

 

22
Feb

Is the pressure starting to tell on Malcolm Turnbull?

imageIn challenging and winning the Liberal party leadership and the prize of becoming prime minister, he was responsible for sending a wave of relief across the country.

He got rid of an embarrassing, bumbling, ‘foot in mouth’ prone Tony Abbott and we were all extremely grateful. We immediately gave him the credit he deserved. Malcolm started by telling us how exciting it was to be an Australian. It was a bit corny but we went along with it, so happy we were that he wasn’t Tony Abbott.

Read more at: The Australian Independent Media Authority

 

 

19
Feb

No jobs, no growth, but lots of spin

imageIf it were serious about jobs and growth, the government, as the currency issuer, has it within its capacity to employ our under-utilised workforce in a broad range of activities both in the public and private sector, paying a liveable wage, creating demand and gaining tax revenue, without any need to borrow.

 

Read more: The Australian Independent Media Network

18
Feb

What was he saying?

morrisonThe address by Scott Morrison at the National Press Club and his subsequent interview with Leigh Sales on Wednesday evening was, to say the least, uninspiring. Much of the generous time he was given was wasted on waffle.

For his audience of journalists, it was sleepy time, and one or two of them looked like they were about to drop off. For the politicians there lending moral support, they too looked none the wiser as to whether his message actually had content.

 

Read more at: The Australian Independent Media Network

16
Feb

The Neo-liberal Juggernaut Rolls On

idiotsThe Coalition promised a lot in 2013, yet in the two and a half years since becoming the government, they could not boast one measurable statistic that shows improvement since September 2013. They are, as they always have been, a policy vacuum.

 

Read more at: The Australian Independent Media Network

 

6
Jan

The Game is Rigged.

corpA short video by Robert Reich lasting just 2 minutes 35 seconds landed in my news feed on Facebook a few days ago. For all I know it may have been around for months, but that’s irrelevant. The message is what is important.

Reich was US Secretary for Labor, from 1993-1997 under the presidency of Bill Clinton and besides now being Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy at Goldman School of Public Policy at University of California, Berkley, he is also an outspoken political commentator.

 

Read more at: The Australian Independent Media Network

4
Jan

Blogging for a Better Australia

ausWhat do the following have in common: Tony Abbott, Joe Hockey, Arthur Sinodinos, David Johnston, Bronwyn Bishop, Jamie Briggs, Eric Abetz, Mal Brough, Kevin Andrews, Bruce Billson?

They were all Liberal ministers in the Australian Abbott government, including Abbott himself, and all somehow fell out of favour with their peers or chose to resign from their portfolios and, in the process, weakened the government’s unity, it’s cohesion, it’s integrity….if indeed it had any in the first place.

Hello, my name is John Kelly and I am a blogger at ‘The View From My Garden.” I am 70 years of age, retired from paid work and loving it. My passion is Australian politics and Economics. I have a Bachelor of Communications degree majoring in Journalism. 

I have no Economic qualifications but am a student of Professor Bill Mitchell, professor of Economics at Newcastle University in New South Wales, even though he probably doesn’t know it.

Professor Mitchell writes a blog every day on some issue of relevance to Australian politics and the state of our economy. His vast knowledge and foresight enables those who follow him to understand how money works. He does this better than any other economist save a handful of his associates, here and around the world, who are of like mind.

What you will discover reading my blogs is that I do not suffer fools. Perhaps I could be more conciliatory, but when one watches the antics of a federal government that acts like a bunch of illiterate, schoolyard bullies, patience and grace are not my first considerations.

So join me if you wish or don’t. I will still be here doing what I enjoy. As you will note, all my blogs are syndicated with The Australian Independent Media Network where the majority of my readership resides.

lyingYou are welcome to join us but don’t expect oranges and roses. That’s not what we’re about. We’re about exposing the incompetence of a dysfunctional government that includes the ten members listed above.

Ten ministerial replacements were thus required to replace them in the short space of two years and three months. This is no more than a political version of Game of Thrones. Doubtless there will be more exposed before they are removed from office.

John Kelly

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